Today I have the honor of sharing another personal story with you. This one comes from Vicky Rockcliffe, author of the terrific blog Gluten Free SCD and Veggie. I don’t remember how Vicky and I “met” originally. It was probably on a mutual friend’s blog, but it’s been almost 2 years since Vicky first left a comment here on gfe and we’ve followed each other’s blogs (and Facebook pages) and stayed in touch ever since. I have loved Vicky’s positive, supportive attitude and warm, friendly nature from Day One! And, of course, she creates some amazing gluten-free recipes that are Specific Carbohydrate Diet compliant, too.
That’s what Vicky is going to talk about today, how the gluten-free diet and Specific Carbohydrate Diet have helped heal her family, most notably healing her son of Crohn’s. She’ll also share how she approached the diet from a vegetarian standpoint.
I’m convinced that the sharing of others’ personal gluten-free stories changes lives. You can find even more personal stories via the gfe sidebar, under gfe’s essential posts, Personal Stories tab.
But let’s get back to Vicky’s family’s gluten-free story …
I asked Vicky to share her bio and I love this snapshot she gives of herself below. And now I’ll turn the floor over to Vicky (for a while) …
“I’ve been married since 1977, vegetarian since 1977 and gluten free for a couple of years. I’m lucky to have 3 wonderful children and a fantastic daughter in law and THE most adorable grandson. I work full time in finance, I’m always thinking of new things to cook and I quite often fail at cooking! I like to grow herbs and love watching films, especially rom-coms. I like chocolate but only the plain organic type these days. I look after a cat called Tilly who was abandoned by her mother and that’s about it really!!”
Adopting a gluten free diet is hard enough but the immediate transition from a regular diet to a grain free diet (without chocolate, gasp!) is an enormous challenge, especially when you are vegetarian! My son was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 2006. I’m a heavy believer in trying to tackle the cause of an illness rather than the symptoms of it, so I was determined to try and find a cure or at least something that would put the disease into remission to prevent the doctors from prescribing the heavy medication usually recommended for this disease. Trawling through the internet, I came across The Specific Carbohydrate Diet and the science behind this diet supported the research I’d discovered about Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP), bacteria which is known to cause a similar disease in cows called Johne’s Disease.